Chicago Dancing Festival: Q&A with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Chicago Dancing Festival: Q&A with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Unless you are living under a rug somewhere at the bottom of Lake Michigan, you are probably gearing up for this week’s Chicago Dancing Festival. The annual mammoth dance event is back with a great lineup of seasoned veterans and brand newbies. One of those newbies is Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. I may be biased (Pittsburgh... Read more »

Chicago teens fulfill Rahm's cultural vision

Chicago teens fulfill Rahm's cultural vision
At the 2012 Chicago Dancing Festival, Mayor Rahm Emanuel touted Chicago as becoming the “dance capital of the world.” In many ways that’s probably true, and Chicago’s next generation of dancers are making it happen. Earlier this month a group of Chicago teens had the chance to meet with choreographer Alonzo King and his dancers... Read more »

Joffrey Ballet's Unique Voices was kind of scary. You should see it.

Joffrey Ballet's Unique Voices was kind of scary. You should see it.
The premise of this week’s Unique Voices mixed repertory program from the Joffrey Ballet highlights the individuals behind the choreography and their take on traditional ballet movements: James Kudelka, Alexander Ekman and Stanton Welch. But I thought the night had another theme: each piece portrayed (some expertly, some nearly so) the darkness in otherwise light... Read more »
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Chicago dance publicist Eric Eatherly was a friend to us all

I mostly write about dance. My posts aren’t “news” and they don’t change the world. Typically, dance is not a sad subject to have to sit down and write about. In fact, usually I am bubbling over with excitement to share photos of The Nutcracker or to announce a call for choreographers. And so I... Read more »

Another year, another great Nutcracker

Another year, another great Nutcracker
The Joffrey Ballet kicked off its annual holiday show this weekend with a stunning show full of all the old standbys: a rousing battle between the Mouse King and the Nutcracker, a little kid dressed up as a really cute gingerbread boy and a dazzling Victoria Jaiani as the Snow Queen/Coffee from Arabia. Jeraldine Mendoza... Read more »

Weekend Preview: Dance Theatre of Harlem

Weekend Preview: Dance Theatre of Harlem
After a 16-year hiatus from Chicago, the Dance Theatre of Harlem will return to the Auditorium Theatre this weekend, adding to an already stellar 125th anniversary season for the venue. Dance Theatre of Harlem shut down its touring company in 2004 due to financial troubles, but bounced back and reintroduced the touring company in 2013.... Read more »
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Free dance class at Baby Take a Bow

Free dance class at Baby Take a Bow
One of my favorite little dance studios in the city is offering a free children’s dance class for new students. Baby Take a Bow Owner Kristen Ramirez invites parents to bring their children to a free trial class at the studio’s Roscoe Village location to see if dance could be right for them. Children ages... Read more »

Sugar plums and snow queens: Where to see The Nutcracker

Sugar plums and snow queens: Where to see The Nutcracker
Winter hit Chicago a little earlier this year, which is bad for my boyfriend’s dry skin, but great for getting into the holiday season. See below for my top Nutcracker picks in the Chicagoland area this winter. Salt Creek Ballet: The Nutcracker returns to the Hinsdale Central Auditorium, on Saturday, November 29 at 1 p.m.... Read more »

An All-American Celebration: Misty Copeland & Co.

An All-American Celebration: Misty Copeland & Co.
The Auditorium Theatre buzzed with excitement over the weekend, and not just in celebration of its 125th anniversary. As the American Ballet Theatre was set to take the stage in its All-American Celebration, all I heard around me were whispers of one dancer’s name: Misty Copeland. Before the lights dimmed, the three girls in front... Read more »
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Looking for a good story? Joffrey's got a few.

Looking for a good story? Joffrey's got a few.
Surprise, surprise, the Joffrey Ballet did not disappoint in this past weekend’s fall engagement, Stories in Motion. The first of three acts was the biblical tale Prodigal Son, choreographed by George Balanchine in his early days. Alberto Velazquez was riveting in his portrayal of the son, but no surprise there – Edward Villella, the son... Read more »